Royal College of Science Union

Schools, take part!

Do you represent a school? The RCSU Science Challenge welcomes school pupils to attend the launch and take part in the competition. Find out how to get your school involved in the Science Challenge, and take this exciting opportunity to meet students and academics from a world top 10 university.

Get in touch to register your school in the competition!

You can contact our Science Challenge Chair through

Visiting the Launch

For those that attended our Launch, thank you so much - it was lovely seeing you all there. For those of you that missed our Launch Event or would like to rewatch it, you can do so now with this link below.

Here are the timestamps where the judges present their questions (they also gave quite a few tips on how to approach each of their questions so this will come in really handy if you're putting in an entry!)

  • 00:08:51 - Helen Thomson's Questions
  • 00:14:19 - Jeremy Sanders's Questions
  • 00:20:57 - Letizia Diamante's Questions
  • 00:27:04 - Lord Robert Winston's Questions
  • Topic: Science Challenge Launch Start
  • Time : Dec 17, 2020 04:13 P
  • Meeting recording
  • Access Passcode: Password123!

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at - we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Taking part in the competition

All parts of the competition are open to school students from Y10-13 (aged 14 or above), and will be judged separately to entries from Imperial College. Every entry short-listed by our postgraduate markers will be read by the eminent scientist who sets each question, meaning there is a real possibility that your students' work will be read by world-leading academics.

A full range of prizes are available to school students (view last year's prizes). All entrants who have been shortlisted will be invited to the Final. All school students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. At this time we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces for staff from the schools of shortlisted students.

Entries for the competition are managed through our website. Once your school has been registered, students will be able to sign up and manage their submission to the Science Challenge. You can find out more details about registering and signing up below.

Unfortunately we cannot offer any specific advice on essay writing beyond what is available on our website, nor can we guarantee feedback on specific entries.

Ready to take part?

We've launched a new and much simpler submission process this year. The submission page has a link to the submission system and instructions on how to submit.